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ERIC Number: ED529855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Retention and Attrition of Local Special Education Directors. inForum
Muller, Eve
Project Forum
Local special education directors oversee district-level special education programs. They play an essential role in assisting with program administration, ensuring the quality of special education services and working with teachers and parents in the education process. A number of state special education directors have noted that job turnover in local special education director positions presents an ongoing challenge. Although research relating to the role of the local special education director remains extremely limited, one study suggests that local directors are often frustrated by the lack of adequate funding for special education as well as a perceived lack of administrative support (Marsh, 2005). Another study suggests that one potential strategy for reducing attrition is mentoring for new special education directors (Collin, 2008). The purpose of this document is to: (1) describe challenges, as perceived by state directors of special education, relating to the retention and attrition of local special education directors; and (2) propose strategies for addressing this problem at both the state education agency (SEA) and local education agency (LEA) levels. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum